Homeschool 101: Hand Over the Reins!

Homeschool Help for High School: Hand over the reigns to your high schooler! Let your high school students take ownership of their education. This is a simple statement which takes quite a bit of time to finally accomplish. What I mean to say is, the process of handing the responsibility over to your student is…

Day 28: High School Tip – Register with the State

For Florida homeschooling parents: Make sure your high school student is registered as a homeschooling student their junior and senior years. Even if you registered when they began kindergarten and keep an active portfolio and submit annual evaluations, verify that your student is registered in their last two years of high school with a call…

Day 20: High School Tip – Take AP Classes/Tests

AP (Advanced-Placement) Classes, Dual-Enrollment classes, and CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) tests, what’s the best option? Some colleges don’t give credit for CLEP tests, so you should check with a prospective college before your student spends the time and money in CLEP preparation. Dual-Enrollment courses give your student both high school and college credit. But not…

Day 18: High School Tip – Participate in Nanowrimo

Doing big things could include participating in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month – November). At Nanowrimo.org you and your student can join the annual November challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. My children and I participated in the challenge for a number of years and succeeded. The Young Writers Program gives…

Day 16: High School Tip – Encourage Literary Devices

My hair is a nightmare!  Metaphors   Encourage the use of literary devices. Surely students survive the stress of statistics.  Alliteration Childhood disappears like the morning dew on a mountain lake.  Similes The drama followed her like a Jane Austin novel.  Literary references The waves appeared to be guided by the hand of God.  Thematic…

Day 14: High School Tip – Challenge Your Senior

Better late than never… Have your senior in high school tackle a really big project. Our students can do exceptional things. Some of the students in our homeschool support group have organized carnivals, concerts, banquets, etc. They raised upward of $3000 for local orphanages, crisis pregnancy centers, and other community service organizations. These projects develop…

Day 12: High School Tip – Seek Advice

  Ask Moms who have successfully homeschooled their students through high school for advice. Ask them both what they were glad they did with their children as well as what they wished they had done differently. They are invaluable assets to your homeschooling journey. They can be a wonderful source of encouragement!

Day 10: High School Tip – Take Standardized Tests

Don’t wait until junior year (11th grade) to take the first standardized test. The best preparation for standardized testing is taking tests. The more familiar with the testing routine the more comfortable your students will feel and the more confidence they will have taking the test for college entrance (if that is your goal). The…

Day 8: High School Tip – Enter Contests

Enter contests. Challenge your children to participate and see where it leads them! There are essay contests, poetry contests, art contests, music contests, etc. advertised all over the internet. There are opportunities to win prizes (some monetary awards!), get published, and earn scholarships for college. My children competed in a poster contest about safety sponsored…